NFL Half Over

Fantasy Football After Half A Season

Fantasy Football After Half A Season by Utter-Fantasy writer & illustrator Doug Bowles

Even though the unpredictability of the NFL can drive fantasy football owners crazy, it’s also the one thing that probably makes it the most fun. If we all knew what was going to happen, the season would be over after the September draft. But we don’t, so along the way, a profusion of surprises happen that ultimately effects the outcome of every single fantasy league being played…all 2 million+ of them.

So after 8 weeks of fantasy football, I have compiled a list of several NFL realities that I most certainly didn’t see coming

and “If you knew this is how it would be…you’re smarter than me…Einstein”

8 Weeks ago, I would not have predicted that….

ARIZONA CARDINALS-

The Cardinals would be in sole possession of 1st place, 2 games ahead of St L and SEA

ATLANTA FALCONS-

> WR Roddy White would only have 16 receptions

BALTIMORE RAVENS-

QB Joe Flacco would be averaging 1 TD pass a game

BUFFALO BILLS-

WR Sammy Watkins total yards going into Week 9- (165 receiving and rushing)

CAROLINA PANTHERS–

would be 7-0 after losing WR K Benjamin

CHICAGO BEARS-

QB Jay Cutler is averaging 1 TD a game

CINCINNATI BENGALS-

would be undefeated at 8-0

CLEVELAND BROWNS-

HC Pettine and WR D Bowe still would have jobs. I also would not have predicted that TE Barnidge would be this good

DALLAS COWBOYS-

RB Darren McFadden would be a fantasy option

DENVER BRONCOS-

WR Dem Thomas would only have 1 TD reception

DETROIT LIONS-

Owner would “clean house”, but leave HC Jim Caldwell coaching this team

GREEN BAY PACKERS-

RB Eddie Lacy would only have 2 TDs and hasn’t topped a hundred yards rushing yet

HOUSTON TEXANS-

QB Brian Hoyer would have more passing yards (1581) than GB QB Aaron Rodgers (1568)…and Hoyer’s played one less game

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-

QB A Luck would look like a bust for fantasy owners who drafted him in Rounds 1 or 2

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS-

Yeldon has 1 TD run, and that 1 TD run makes him the top rusher for the Jags

MIAMI DOLPHINS-

it took Miami 7 weeks to fire Joe Philbin

MINNESOTA VIKINGS-

WR Stefon Diggs is the leading WR in MINN, not Charles Johnson or Mike Wallace

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-

QB Tom Brady can throw TD passes ( 20 TDs vs 1 INT) without slightly deflated footballs. How does he do it now?????

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-

it took QB D Brees 6 weeks before discovering he still has a TE to throw to ( Ben Watson….336 yards and 3 TDs Weeks 5-8)

NEW YORK GIANTS-

can’t decide on one RB to run the damn ball. As of week 9, 4 RBs are getting touches- Jennings,Williams, Vereen and Darkwa

NEW YORK JETS-

WR Eric Decker would have a TD reception in EVERY game so far except one

OAKLAND RAIDERS-

the Raiders actually have a pretty good team!

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES–

WR Jordan Matthews is averaging only 56 yards a game and has only 1 TD

PITTSBURGH STEELERS-

WR M Wheaton isn’t a fantasy option AT ALL, in any league ( OK…maybe a 14 team league)

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-

RB Melvin Gordon would have 0 TDs so far in 2015- NONE

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-

QB Colin Kaepernick would go from leading the 49ers to Superbowl XLVII to getting benched for QB Blaine Gabbert

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-

20 other running backs in the NFL have better stats than RB M Lynch after Week 8

ST. LOUIS RAMS-

QB N Foles has become basically a game manager (like KC QB Alex Smith)- Did you know that Foles has only passed for 200+ yard ONCE in 2015

TAMPA BAY BUCS-

RB Doug Martin would be a top 5 RB in 2015 so far. ( I really thought DEFs would stack the box against Martin & force the rookie QB to pass )

TENNESSEE TITANS-

RBs Sankey, West, Andrews, Cobb and Cluster have a combine 3 rushing TDs

WASHINGTON REDSKINS–

RB Alfred Morris- Zero TDs